RICE TWP. – 2 lawsuits filed by supervisor Marcia Thomas soon after she was replaced as township secretary/treasurer in 2011 have been settled by the township’;s insurance carrier, township solicitor Jack Dean reported Tuesday evening.
Dean announced the settlement of the lawsuits at the end of Tuesday night’;s supervisors meeting. He did not disclose terms of the settlement. The solicitor emphasized that since the agreement was reached by the township’;s insurance carrier, supervisors would not have to vote on the settlement.
Following the meeting, Dean stated he could not disclose terms of the settlement due to the fact though the monetary terms have been finalized, attorneys are reviewing some of the other language in the agreement. He explained he expected the settlement to be signed inside a few days.
Thomas declined to comment on the settlement, deferring to remarks created by Dean throughout the public session. She did state that she was not portion of the settlement negotiations.
Thomas was replaced as secretary/treasurer on Jan. 3, 2011, by supervisors Miller Stella Jr. and George Venesky. She had held the place for roughly 20 many years ahead of currently being replaced by former supervisor Donald Armstrong. She subsequently sued the board of supervisors Stella, Venesky and Armstrong individually former township auditors Toni Rogan, Rhonda Rowles and Elaine Wallace Rogan’;s husband, Kevin Rogan former township solicitors Thomas Marsilio and William Higgs lawyer James Brando and former supervisor candidate Louis Konopelski. Thomas alleged violation of the state Whistleblower Statute along with many counts of defamation.
Thomas was elected township supervisor in 2012 and earlier this 12 months was elected chairman of the board. Venesky did not seek out re-election and was replaced by Mark Taney. Stella is still a member of the board of supervisors.
Supervisors on Tuesday night voted 2-1 to rescind a controversial ordinance adopted final October which vacated an unimproved area of Heslop Road that runs by way of the state Game Lands. Venesky and Stella voted in favor of the unique ordinance, which was opposed by a amount of township residents.
Venesky insisted the street was a liability to the township due to the fact of its issue. Thomas opposed the ordinance.
Taney and Thomas voted in favor of rescinding the ordinance while Stella voted no.